Islamabad: Following the surge in coronavirus cases during the fourth wave of pandemic, the federal government has decided to close the market two days a week and reduce market working hours by two hours.
As the number of COVID patients in the country continues to increase, the government decided on Monday to re-implement certain city-specific restrictions in certain cities from August 3 to 31.
“After approval of Prime Minister Imran Khan, the National Command and Operation Center (NCOC) has decided to impose certain restrictions in Islamabad; Rawalapindi, Lahore, Multan, and Faisalabad in Punjab, Peshawar and Abbotabad in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Karachi and Hyderabad in Sindh, Muzaffarabad and Mirpur in Azad Jammu and Kashmir, and Gilgit and Skardu in Gilgit Baltistan,” Minister for Planning, Development and Special Initiatives Asad Umar said after a meeting with the Prime Minister.
Dr. Faisal Sultan, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister’s National Health Service, also attended the press conference.
Asad Umar stated that the Sindh provincial government has implemented smart lockdowns in Karachi and Hyderabad until August 8. From August 9, the federal government’s decision will apply to these cities.
He said that markets that were allowed to open until 10pm will now close again at 8pm in selected cities.
Similarly, he said the markets would now also be closed two days in a week instead of one day. “The off days will be decided by the respected provinces.”
Furthermore, Umar said the government had allowed indoor dining for the vaccinated people only, however very weak compliance was seen in the restaurants. “It was also not possible for the administration to check each and every restaurant in this regard.”
Therefore, he said the government has decided to allow outdoor dining only till 10 pm. However take away service would remain open till 12 in the night, he added.
Regarding the office, the Minister pointed out that all public and private offices will allow 50% attendance, while the remaining 50% of employees will work from home.